August 12, 2009

Budget Cuts Force Closure of University of Hawaii Ombuds Office

Yesterday UH-Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw announced that the Office of the Ombuds will close on September 30, 2009 because of current and future budget cuts. (Honolulu Advertiser; Honolulu Star Bulletin.)

The office has employed three Ombuds, Neal Milner, Susan Park and Jen Graf, and one staff person, Lori Mina, since it was
established in 2006. Milner, Park and Graf were active in IOA committees and conferences, and the UH Ombuds website was recently upgraded.

Related posts: University of Hawaii Touts Ombuds Office as Campus Safety Resource; U. Hawaii Ombuds Office Co-Sponsors Program on Organizational Change; University of Hawaii Releases Annual Report; New Websites Offer Resources for Ombuds.

Update 8/13/09: One Hawaiian blogger remarks:
Well there goes a useful service to UH Manoa’s community! Try to avoid having things on your mind that may bother you.

And may I remind everyone that this yahoo [Greg McMackin] makes a million bucks a year to coach UH Manoa’s Football Team?

(O/S Hawaii.)

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